H.G. Wells in 1897 published his work ‘War of the Worlds’ where he talked about the Martians invading the human world. Year 2018 witnesses an alternate reality where the world sees Elon Musk sending his SpaceX-built Falcon Heavy rocket to Mars. The venture has taken Musk one step closer to his biggest dreams of creating ‘Mars Oasis’ – a human habitat in Mars. A confident Musk who believes none but he himself will be the first one to reach Mars by 2023. If any of his competitors proves him wrong, he will eat his own hat with a side of mustard. “…I will seriously eat my hat with a side of mustard if that rocket flies a national security spacecraft before 2023,” Musk’s Twitter post said.
There are people who live in the fantasy of science fictions. But only a few like Elon Musk, can shape sci-fi into reality. Anatole France, the French poet, journalist and novelist once mentioned, “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Elon Musk dreams, plans, acts and most importantly, believes in his deeds, making him THE ELON MUSK, one of the go-to global brands in the technology market. Musk whose is currently sending his has made things possible, the possibility of which one can think of solely in the world of science fictions.
The ‘real-life Iron Man’, as he is called, has mentioned time and again how science fictions have stirred him while growing up. ‘Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age’ by B. Carlson , Star Wars, Startrek, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to the Galaxy’ by Doughlas Adams, ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding, ‘Foundation’ by Isaac Asimov are the few reads that have left deep their marks on him. Talking about ‘Lord of the Flies’, Musk said in an interview that the interplay between two of the leading characters, has to a great extent shaped his life’s mission, that is, to save mankind. About ‘Foundation’, he mentioned, “The heroes of the books I read … always felt a duty to save the world.”
Starting with Zip2, X.com and PayPal, Musk shifted his focus to SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity, Hyperloop, Open AI, Neuralink, The Boring Company and SolarCity. To shape his dreams of turning science fictions into reality, he has designed the functioning of all his companies in a manner that each is a boost to the other – making each other successful. H.G. Wells in 1897 published his work ‘War of the Worlds’ where he talked about the Martians invading the human world. Year 2018 witnesses an alternate reality where the world sees Elon Musk sending his SpaceX-built Falcon Heavy rocket to Mars. The venture has taken Musk one step closer to his biggest dreams of creating ‘Mars Oasis’ – a human habitat in Mars. A confident Musk who believes none but he himself will be the first one to reach Mars by 2023. If any of his competitors proves him wrong, he will eat his own hat with a side of mustard. There are people who live in the fantasy of science fictions. But only a few like Elon Musk, can carve those science fictions into reality.
Hyperloop and The Boring Company
Musk’s idea of creating a new line of high speed transportation started coming to life through Hyperloop in 2013. Musk’s vision was to build a supersonic vehicle that has been shaped in the form of a pod, having the capability of running through an almost vacuum tube at an average speed of 1,100 km per hour and above without turbulence. The pod is supposed to travel between New York and Washington DC through the tunnel in 29 minutes. To make the pods successfully pass through the vacuum tunnels, Musk needed a tunnel-making company, and thereby established The Boring Company in 2016. Henceforth, The Boring Company has been working hand in hand with Hyperloop in building tunnels for them.
SpaceX and Tesla
Established in 2002, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, popularly known as SpaceX became the transporter of Musk’s Mars dream. The following year, was the inception of Tesla – Musk’s car manufacturing vision. Cars and rockets, although technologically poles apart from each other, yet as Musk calls it, through ‘cross-fertilization’, SpaceX has helped Tesla resolve hiccup with a cast aluminum auto parts. “That’s cross-fertilization of knowledge from the rocket and space industry to auto back and forth, as I think it’s really been quite valuable,” Musk stated on a Tesla’s call.
Material science is the zone of common conduct for the two. Both the companies hold joint meetings to discuss several material issues.
To deal with the galactic amounts of data, both the companies have co-developed software that handles material specifications, data and feeds it into analytic tools; although its functioning is unique to each of them.
Tesla and SolarCity
A subsidiary of Tesla, SolarCity handles solar energy services. SolarCity has introduced roof tiles that will not only power up the house, but also help in charging Tesla’s eco-friendly electric vehicles.
OpenAI and Neuralink
Unlike his other companies, one supporting the other, Neuralink is one to counter Musk’s own creation.
Musk’s initiated his venture of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the notion of creating an artificial general intelligence which is safe and assists in the well-being of humanity. Although he calls AI, the ‘existential threat’ to human kind, the potential benefits of AI overshadowed the complexities that AI holds, and a cautious Musk started OpenAI in 2015 as a non-profit organization in order to keep the organization’s focus in one direction, that is, doing good to the human race. With the advancement of the works at OpenAI, Musk established Neuralink in 2016, a company dealing in nanotechnology, to develop implantable brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).
Musk compares AI to ‘summoning the demon’ and has been incessantly warning governments and organizations to control AI right ‘Now’. But there has been no sign of it. Musk opines that if AI keeps advancing at such pace, the human race will fall behind and will be under the dark spell of it. To cope with situation as such, Musk started his BCI venture and is hoping to create a ‘high bandwidth interface for the nervous system’. This, he opines will help humans to stay competitive with the ever advancing AI as BCI will enhance brain function.
The tech-savvy’s career graph proves that ambition is like an amoeba, constantly changing its form, phagocyting one and moving to the other. Musk has dipped his fingers into several ones, mostly, in more than one at a time, and earned massive success, proving himself to be the ambitious amoeba that he is. But as we can hope, it’s only the beginning of what Musk has to offer to the world.